Stephen Ross

Partner | London

Stephen is a partner in the litigation and arbitration team and leads the global fraud team.

His practice focusses on international asset freezing and recovery cases, heavyweight commercial litigation and regulatory disputes and Stephen is particularly adept at drawing on the firm’s tax expertise such cases to obtain a strategic advantage.

Stephen also often acts for family offices, successful families, entrepreneurs and their businesses on a broad range of commercial disputes and heads up our family office first group, which is an innovative approach to finding positive solutions for family conflicts.

Stephen regularly speaks at national and international conferences on a wide range of fraud and litigation topics.

Stephen is described by Chambers and Partners 2017 as ‘imaginative and you can always rely on him to go the extra mile’.

Secretary Christine Woodroffe

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In what was a marathon litigation experience, Withers were key. In particular Stephen Ross provided clear leadership, sound and consistent judgement and an ability to get ahead of the issues.

Hedge fund executive

Track record

Admissions

Memberships

Marathon Asset Management LLP v Seddon and others - Successfully defending a three year £30m claim concerning the removal of confidential information and conspiracy. After a long battle, our client was ordered to pay only £1 in nominal damages and negotiated the recovery of his legal costs.

Acting for the Saudi Algosaibi Group in relation to a US$9.2 billion fraud claim.

Defending a £100 million claim for fraud brought by a hedge fund against a former employee.

England and Wales, 2001

Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association

Me in a minute

I love this challenge of my specialist area

I own a small vineyard in Somerset and working there at the weekends helps blow away the cobwebs from a week of international fraud litigation and often gives me time to ponder on the right strategy for a case.

Producing wine does not pay the bills, so it is lucky that I always wanted to be a lawyer and a litigator at that.

In my career at Withers, I soon became drawn to large scale international disputes, mostly involving allegations of fraud or dishonesty. When clients are affected by a fraud or drawn into ‘bet the farm’ litigation in several countries, you have to treat the matter like a game of three dimensional chess and plan each move in each jurisdiction accordingly. I love this challenge of my specialist area.

In the run up to a big trial I tend to be tee-total, which is challenging when you own a vineyard and frustrating given that I have regularly been involved in some of the largest fraud trials in the English Courts over the last decade.

Education


Languages


  • English

Dates


Joined

1999
Partner

2015

Recognition


London

16 Old Bailey,

EC4M 7EG

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